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Tonight: 'Design thinking' in Menlo Park schools

Original post made on Apr 12, 2013

Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park will hold a preview showing next Thursday of a PBS documentary, "Extreme by Design," and conduct a panel discussion on how the school district is using "an innovator's mindset" to change how students learn, the school has announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 11, 2013, 10:39 PM


Posted by MPCSD Employee, a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

How typical of Ghysels to try and control the spin that is in the papers! Shameless attempt to counter balance all of the heat that he's been under lately.

Not to worry, it has calmed for a bit, but I doubt we've heard the last of Ghysels shenanigans!

Posted by Ines, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm

If Ghysels doesn't keep trying to reinvent the wheel, he will never be able to justify his pay, the redesign of another boutique school or another bond measure to pay for both.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Apr 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

Hi previous commenters,
I appreciate your sentiments about Ghysels, but if you actually were involved in Hillview activities, you would realize that that this effort is 100% Erik Burmeister. You just look [word removed - avoid attacks, please] and vindictive in your comments.

Posted by MPCSD Employee, a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

To Parent:
I work here. I know exactly what is going on. I know that the two recent articles published in the Almanac about Hillview this week are Ghysels' and the board's attempts to try and look good to the public. More proof that the board doesn't care about the accusations against Ghysels.

Posted by Big Surprise, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

MPCSD Employee -- I believe thou dost protest too much. This is hardly Ghysels spinning anything, but you are trying to spin everything back to this ridiculous claim that replacing underperforming employees is a conspiracy.

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There have been two recent articles about Hillview because Hillview is doing very forward-thinking work right now that is newsworthy. Unlike your unproven accusations.

Posted by Emma, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

You're right, Hillview is a very good school. It has been for years. So why is Ghysels always trying to attach his name this school through gimmicks such as this. Next thing you know he will be arguing for a raise because Hillview is such a great school under him. Wait a minute... Hillview was, is, and will probably always be a great school. If Ghysels wants to take credit for making great schools, maybe he should apply to be the superintendent of the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto. What's that?? Yeah, I thought so...

Posted by Diana, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Well said, Emma!

Posted by Makes Sense, a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Ghysels is (and always has been) slimy, so it's hard to give him credit for anything. Hillview is very lucky to have Eric Burmeister, who Hillview and the community respects on his own merit. It has been made very apparent that this may the only good choice made by Ghysels.